VIENNA, 29 November – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) partnered with TEDx Donauinsel to present a series of thought-provoking talks on the circular economy as a side event during the 17th Session of the General Conference of UNIDO. These were the first-ever TEDx talks to be held at the Vienna International Centre.
The circular economy talks were opened by the Director General of UNIDO, LI Yong and the Director General for Environment at the European Commission, Daniel Calleja Crespo, who spoke about the economic, environmental and social benefits that could be gained by implementing circular economy practices at all levels. “If we continue producing, consuming and throwing away the way we are doing, one planet is not enough. We need to go for a zero waste society…behind all waste there is a wasted opportunity,” he stated.
LI re-emphasized the importance of circular economy practices leading to inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) and described how UNIDO services support a transition to circular economy at all levels. The event brought together six speakers active in the areas of sharing economy, greener production and climate impact, and provided an ideal platform for UNIDO’s multi-stakeholder community to exchange and interact, and to explore innovative ideas related to green production. The speakers all expressed their belief that a more circular economy is an essential element for achieving ISID and to fulfill the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The event gathered together 400 delegates from Member States attending the General Conference to listen to discussions on efficient water usage, energy consumption and the impact of climate change, and presentations of innovative solutions for agri-business development, waste value recovery and collection processing.
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Chief, Industrial Resource Efficiency Division
Department of Environment, UNIDO